Campania.a rich region: rich in culture, history, archeology, gastronomy, and rich in tourism. Whether it is the Bay of Naples, Caserta, the Amalfi Coast, the islands of Capri, Ischia, or Procida, Campania is a treasure chest.

Long known for its wines and agriculture, Campania derives her name from the Romans, campania felix -fertile countryside.

The Roman poet Virgil (1C BC) lived in Naples-Napoli and set many portions of his masterpiece, The Aeneid, in Napoli. A favored holiday retreat for Roman emperors, Tiberius and Claudius were closely linked to Campania.

Reflecting a charm that has been enhanced by Magna Grecia, Romans, Byzantines, Spanish, and the French, Campania offers the traveler an endless variety of excellence. Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Paestum for archeology; culinary delights such as Mozzarella di Buffala, La Cryma Christi, and Limoncello; natural beauty in a coastline that runs south from Sorrento to Vietri, known worldwide as the Amalfi Coast-nothing short of breathtaking.

The striking beauty of the steep cliffs along the twenty-two mile stretch of coastline known as the Costiera di Amalfitana, the Amalfi Coast, has a very practical, business foundation when you consider the golden age of Amalfi, a thousand years ago. During the 10th and 11th centuries The Maritime Republic of Amalfi was centered at Amalfi, a wealthy trading power the rival of Genoa, Pisa and Venice.

In the 14th century, it was Flavio da Amalfi who is credited with the invention of the maritime compass. Pisa would eventually overtake Amalfi and set this region on a path to become the favorite of 19th century romantics as well as today’s fortunate traveler. Ironically many of today’s most luxurious hotels rose from the shells of Amalfi’s convents and monasteries.

Capri, the island just off the northern portion of the Amalfi Coast, is as alluring today as it was to the ancients. In Homer’s Odyssey it was the home of the Sirens. During the 1st century AD Caesar Augustus and Tiberius built cliff-top palaces. Today the siren call is to the elegant central Piazza Umberto I, the Piazzeta where elegant café’s merge with top tier shopping and trails diverge towards glorious vistas of the crystal blue waters below.